Monthly Archives: January 2011

Children need more meditation and less stimulation

“A remote diocese in Australia is leading the way by allowing regular periods of silent meditation in the classroom.

A pilot study in 2005, involving teaching meditation to five- to 17-year-olds, had shown that children are not only capable of meditation, they actually enjoy it. The benefits to children’s wellbeing were so obvious to teachers that it persuaded Cathy Day, director of Townsville Catholic Education Office, to spend precious funds implementing the first Christian meditation programme for all schools in the diocese.”

by Shirley Lancaster

Read the full article here

Mediation versus new technologies – what’s your view?

Is exam success more important than pupil’s wellbeing?

“Pupils’ wellbeing neglected in pursuit of exam success, charity chief warns”

Coalition’s vision for children ‘less rounded’ and ‘more limited’ than previous government, education conference to be told”

Click here to read the full article by Jessica Shepherd

Our View:

By taking a holistic view and looking at the child as a whole, education didn’t rate success solely on exam results but took into account how much progress was made by the child both inside and outside of the classroom. Extended services were being offered by schools which included family events, holidays and after school clubs which many families could not afford to pay for. Surely the benefits of such services is invaluable and impacts on the development of the child in many ways other than their exam results?

With the loss of funding how many schools will continue to fund such events and provide on-going support for families and students?